I kept seeing taco soup recipes on JustaPinch and when I looked at them, well I liked the concept, but most seemed rather boring. And so I didn’t try any, but I kept thinking about it.
After a while I figured I had the basics, and then started thinking of what I might like to add.
Which I did. (dried chiles)
Then I added a bit of stuff I just happened to have opened and on hand.
And I did that. (V-8 juice)
And when I had it all together, I was a bit worried, because it looked a lot like chili.
But, when we ate it, oh my, but it was simple mindblowingly wonderful. At least to us. This is kept soupy by having enough liquid and no thickeners such as tomato paste or masa. And we can’t wait to have more as left-overs!
- 1/2 lb each, ground beef and chorizo sausage
- 1 lg onion, diced
- 1 c celery, diced
- 2 jalapeños, seeded (optional) and diced
- 2 dried chiles such as New Mexican or Anchos (seeded and placed in a bowl with 1 c hot water for 30 min)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 28 oz c of diced tomatoes
- 1 can black beans (or other you like), rinsed
- 1 c corn
- 1 tbsp adobo powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 qt V-8 juice
- 1/3 c chopped fresh cilantro
- 8 corn tortillas, cut into wedges
- salt as needed
- Brown the meat in a large soup pot. While it is cooking add the onion, celery, and jalapeño.
- When the chiles have soaked for 30 minutes, remove and mince. Save the water.
- When the meat is browned, add the garlic, chiles, and the chile soaking water.
- Add the tomatoes, beans and corn and all the spices. Add the V-8 juice. (tomato juice would be fine)
- Bring to a simmer and simmer on low for a good two hours or as long as you wish.
- Just before bringing to final heating, add the cilantro and stir in.
- Take the tortilla wedges and fry until crisp in canola oil, drain on paper towelling, and place in a basket at the table.
- Add sour cream, chopped scallions, and grated cheese as condiments if you wish.
- What Do You Call It? (smalltownworld.wordpress.com)
- Taco Soup – A soup that you can sink your teeth into (foodsqueeze.wordpress.com)